Brock Holt: Pittsburgh Pirates' Hot Prospect Pounding on the Door at PNC Park

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Brock Holt: Pittsburgh Pirates' Hot Prospect Pounding on the Door at PNC Park
Brock Holt (MILB.com)

Pittsburgh Pirates infield prospect Brock Holt is not on the list of Top 100 MLB prospects. Nor is he on the Pittsburgh Pirates 40-man roster.  In fact, only recently has this 24-year-old snuck onto the Top 20 Pirates Prospects sheet.

To this under-the-radar miss by MLB experts, Bucs' fans should say, "perfect!"

For there is nothing more exhilarating in this beautiful game of baseball than to watch a minor league ballplayer climb the ranks in relative anonymity towards reaching his big league potential.

Such is the case with Holt.

Selected by the Pirates in the ninth round of the 2009 amateur entry draft, this Rice University alum is having an oustanding 2012 season. A solid contact hitter and plus defender, Holt began the year at Double-A Altoona Curve.

Here are Holt's statistics at this level, courtesy of MILB.com.

G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
102 382 123 24 6 2 43 40 51 11 .322 .389 .432 .821


Now batting leadoff for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, Holt is making a solid push to join the big leagues. In 13 games for the Indians, Holt has batted .423 (22-for-52) with an OBP/SLG/OPS of .446/.577/1.023.

In the last 10 games Holt has pounded the stitches, batting .452 (19-for-42) with an OBP/SLG/OPS of .455/.619/.1074

With a 3-for-5 game versus the Syracuse Chiefs Monday, Holt hit safely in nine straight games. Seven of these are multi-hit games.

Per Indystar.com, Holt added to his growing legend by blasting a three-run homer on August 18. This bomb carried Indy to a 4-3 win over the Rochester Red Wings.

Pretty impressive to say the least.

Now, looking at the big club, it may be tough for Holt to receive playing time if he were to earn a call up. Neil Walker starts at second base, while Clint Barmes starts at short. Josh Harrison is currently listed on Pittsburgh's depth chart as the backup to Walker and Barmes.

But if Bucs' brass wanted to reward Holt for his hard-work, they will soon answer the door this prospect has been pounding on at PNC Park.

Because Holt has certainly deserved it.

 

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